Friday, March 27, 2009

Upcoming Books: April and beyond

These are some of the new release and paperback releases that I've found which are coming out in the next few months. All of them are authors that I read or have read and enjoyed in the past. The site in brackets is where I got the release date, and it will be either chapters.indigo.ca or amazon.com, although it is usually the former.

The Phoenix Transformed
Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory
TOR Books
Release date: September 15, 2009 (chapters.indigo.ca)

There's no information yet on the storyline of the book, but the logical guess is that it's the third book in the Enduring Flame series. At the moment, no cover is shown at either Amazon.com or Chapters.ca

Charmed Destinies: Counting Crows/Drusilla's Dream/Moonglow
Mercedes Lackey, Rachel Lee and Catherine Asaro
Luna
Release Date: July 1, 2009 (Chapters.indigo.ca)

This is an anthology of three stories, one by each of the authors listed, put out by Luna. Given the last part, I'm guessing that it is a fantasy/romance mix as Luna is the publisher of the Five Hundred Kingdoms series by Mercedes Lackey. According to the Mercedes Lackey mailing list I'm on, this is also a re-print of the book, so hopefully people who've already read it won't be disappointed. At the moment, there is no information about the story content.

Dragonheart
Todd McCaffrey
Random House Publishing Group
Release Date: October 27, 2009 (Chapters.indigo.ca)

This is the paperback release of the most recent Pern novel. I did read and enjoy this book when it first came out, although I seem to have forgotten to review it here. As I recall though, it is an alternate perspective on the plague that struck the dragons in Dragonsblood. I did find it reminiscent of the first books, Dragonflight and Dragonquest however in some ways although it didn't detract from the story. Currently, there is no cover given for the paperback.

Federations
Anne McCaffrey, Orson Scott Card and Lois McMaster Bujold and others
Diamond Comic Distributors
Release Date: April 15, 2009 (Chapters.indigo.ca)

An anthology of science fiction, some older and reprinted, some new to this book. Some of the contributors include Anne McCaffrey, Orson Scot Card, Harry Turtledove and others. This is nearly four hundred pages of science fiction, and a lot of the authors in the list are known to be some of the best out there today.

Valor's Trial
Tanya Huff
Daw Books
Release Date: June 1, 2009 (chapters.indigo.ca)

This is the paperback release of the most recent book in the Valor series, a military science fiction series about Torin Kerr. This is another well written series by Tanya Huff, and a definite change of pace from the Keeper series and the Blood series.

The Enchantment Emporium
Tanya Huff
Daw Books
Release Date: May 29, 2009 (Chapters.indigo.ca)

Tanya Huff has started a new world with this book. Set in Calgary, The Enchantment Emporium is centered on the character Alysha Gale and her family, who have powerful magic. I've got to say, from the tiny amount of information available on both the chapters.indigo site and the amazon.com site, this looks like it'll be a really good read. Honestly, I'm planning to get my hands on this ASAP!

Torch Of Freedom
David Weber and Eric Flint
Baen Books
November 3, 2009 (amazon.com)

This is to be the sequel to The Shadows of Saginami and Storm From The Shadows, which I honestly have to say, needs a sequel. If it is anything like these two, the book will overlap the events that are only mentioned in the previous two, but will explain them in detail. Weber and Flint have collaborated successfully before in the Honorverse in Crown of Slaves, and I'm glad to see them team up again here. Thank goodness it's not going to be another five years for the sequel to Storm From The Shadows the way it was for The Shadows of Saginami. I can't wait!

Hunting Ground
Patricia Briggs
Berkley Mass Market
Release Date: July 28, 2009 (Chapters.indigo.ca)

This is the sequel to Cry Wolf, the first book in the Alpha And Omega series, which was to date, my favorite book in the Mercy Thompson world. At any rate, this is the continuation of the story of Anna and Charles, although not much information is available as yet.
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